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Cey Adams talks Def Jam, Logos, Album Covers, Giving Back, Paintings and Murals



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I met up with Cey Adams at his studio in Brooklyn and talked about his journey as an artist in New York. We discuss his motivation to give back and inspire those who will carry the mantle of creativity forward. We also discuss his contribution to the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and much, much, more.

Thumbnail Photography Courtesy of Janette Beckman


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Talking Points (In No Particular Order)

  • Early days of Graffiti
  • Def Jam
  • Creative Director
  • Drawing Board
  • Logos
  • Hand Lettering
  • Rush Artist Advisory Board
  • Giving Back to Young People
  • Paving the would for artist of today
  • Mentors
  • Power of Music
  • Power of Culture
  • The Importance of pushing Art Forward
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol
  • 20 Years: Getting Attention of Major Galleries and Museums
  • Music and Civil Rights in the 80s
  • Challenges and Obstacles
  • Highs and Lows of being an Artist
  • Paintings and Murals: One Nation, All American, Trusted Brands
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Martha Cooper



Duke 9


Shirt King Phade

Russel Simmons 

Kurtis Blow



Sparky D

Spider D

Dynasty and Mimi

Rick Rubin 

Def Jam Logo

Mary J Blige – What’s the 411?

Mary J Blige

Anita Baker 

Alyson Williams 


Hello Nasty

LL Cool J  – Mama Said Knock You Out 

Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Hat

Chuck D

Steve Carr 

B.E. Johnson

Spike Lee 

Kenny Gravillis

Quincy Jones

Ray Charles 

Billy Eckstine

Jasper Johns

Romare Bearden

Jacob Lawrence

Roy Lichtenstein

Magic Johnson

Keith Haring

Nobody Beats the Wiz Commercial


Meshell Ndegeocello

The Roots

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The Art of Rebellion: On the Horn with Lady Pink



Lady Pink
Portrait of Lady Pink


A few days ago I had an incredible conversation with the “First Lady of Graffiti” Lady Pink. In this episode we talk about her early days of painting trains with elite graffiti writers, proving herself, playing the construction game and mentoring young artists.

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Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, raised in NYC and currently resides in the countryside north of the city. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. In 1982 she had a starring role the motion picture “Wild Style”. That role and her other significant contributions to graffiti have made her a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture.

Show Notes

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Well Defined Sub-Cultured
  • Learned about Tagging, Train Yards and Lifting Paint
  • Jumped Out the Window with a Bag of Paint
  • Carrying a Big Knife
  • The Driving Force
  • Have Adventures
  • Oh To Be A Rebel
  • Glory, Props & Fame
  • Breaking the Law
  • Prove Your Worth
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Proofreading and Spell Checking
  • Working with a Team 
  • Can’t Come off Looking Foolish
  • Quick Story from filming Wild Style
  • Had to be Seen in Public Painting her own Work
  • People are going to talk…
  • Wanted to be an Architect
  • Up on a Cherry Picker
  • The Beautiful Brick Women 
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Life Upstate 
  • Police Raids
  • NYPD Vandal Squad
  • SWAT Team
  • Stacey Richmond 
  • Rob, Pillage and Rape
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Hand Down the Craft and Skills
  • Failure is Not an Option
  • Budding Feminist
  • Bringing More Women into the Craft
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Doing Public Art 
  • Working on the Rachael Ray Show
  • This is America
  • Playing the Game
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

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John “Crash” Matos talks Graffiti: Message, Medium and a Responsibility to History



John Crash Matos
Photography by Amon Focus


Ten days into the new year and we’ve decided drop a new episode for you, beautiful people. Today’s guest on the show is John “Crash” Matos.  Do you live in this world? Do you have sight? Yes? Then I would bet a decent amount of paper that you’ve seen this man’s work.

In this episode Crash and Amon talk about early anime, comics, Style Wars, the adventures of painting trains, shenanigans with Keith Haring, various types of spray paint, spray paints caps and our responsibly to telling the history of graffiti correctly.

Let the record show that is conversation wouldn’t have happened without the help of our good friends at the JoAnne Artman Gallery. We are sincerely grateful for their help but we also highly recommend you visit their gallery out in Chelsea. Whenever we art walk, we always stop in to see what’s up. Location: 511A West 22nd St., New York, NY 10011

Stay Up to Date with John “Crash” Matos

  1. Official Website
  2. Instagram

Show Notes

  1. JoAnn Artman Gallery
  2. ConcreteJungle.”by John “CRASH” Matos
  3. TUMI collaborate with Graffiti Artist John “CRASH” Matos on limited-edition travel collection in 2011
  4. Tumi Tag Bag with graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos
  5. Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo (YouTube)
  7. Grandmaster Caz
  8. Grandmaster Melle Mel
  9. Scorpio of the Furious Five YouTube
  10. The Bronx
  11. Don’t sleep on the Bonx here are few notable movies filmed in the Bronx: The Warriors, The Godfather, Green Book, Rubble Kings
  12. There was no Hip Hop
  13. 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time – Rolling Stone
  14. We listened to everything
  15. Salsa
  16. Led Zeppelin
  17. Led Zeppelin YouTube
  18. Thelonious Monk
  19. The demons and obsessions of jazz genius Thelonious Monk by Candace Allen Nov. 6, 2017 The Guardian
  20. Here’s a great documentary on Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
  21. Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (Full Album) YouTube
  22. Earth, Wind & Fire
  23. Earth, Wind & Fire – September (Official Music Video) YouTube
  24. Disco
  25. Boogie Nights by Lisa Robinson, February 2010 Vanity Fair
  26. Disco Greatest Hits of 1970s – Greatest Oldies Disco 70s – Best Disco Songs
  27. “Music and Graffiti go hand in hand.” Amon Focus
  28. History of Anime
  29. Speed Racer
  30. Speed Racer Full Episodes – Speed Racer Cartoon Full Episodes HD – Speed Racer 3 HoursYouTube
  31. Kimba the White Lion
  32. Kimba The White Lion YouTube
  33. Gigantor
  34. Gigantor YouTube
  35. Marvel Comics
  36. Captain America
  37. Humans
  38. Spider-Man (created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
  39. Another quick recommendation, watch the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! (So good)
  40. Fantastic Four
  41. Avengers: Infinity War
  42. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War – Official Trailer YouTube
  43. Multiverse
  44. The Eye in CRASH’s work.
  45. Robert Williams (artist)
  46. More information on CRASH
  47. Tips From a Maestro of the Spray Can By Jan Ellen Spiegel February 19, 2010 The New York Times
  48. “I zone in.” John “CRASH” Matos
  49. Aeroplane 1 John Matos aka Crash
  50. Pop Art movement
  51. Music is instrumental
  52. Steel Canvases
  53. Art with That Football? Dolphins’ Stadium Vibrant with Color by Curt Anderson, Associated Press
  54. Hard Rock Stadium Unveils New Murals
  55. Ferrari F430 Gets the Art Car Treatment by John “Crash” Matos
  56. “… we paint what poets speak.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  57. John “Crash” Matos « Guitars | Robert Kantor Guitars
  58. Custom motorcycle designed by legendary Bronx graffiti artist John ‘Crash’ Matos
  59. “To be played not displayed.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  60. Crashocaster
  61. John Mayer with EC Telecaster
  62. I.O.U. $5
  63. John Ahearn (artist)
  64. The Mudd Club and “Beyond Words”
  65. The Mudd Club
  66. Keith Haring
  67. 35 Years After Fashion Moda, a Bronx Gallery Revisits the Landmark Space by Tiernan MorganAugust 6, 2015
  68. Don’t Forget Fashion 时装 Moda МОДА Emily Colucci July 22, 2011
  69. Jane Dickson (artist)
  70. Charlie Ahearn (artist)
  71. Wild Style (movie)
  72. Wild Style – Trailer YouTube
  73. Fab 5 Freddy
  74. Julia Gruen
  75. Graffiti Artist Success for America
  76. The 5 and the 2 train
  77. The 6 trains
  78. Hunts Point, Bronx
  79. Broadway Line
  80. We had keys.
  81. Almost electrocuted and almost hit.
  82. “The paint changed the game.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  83. Rust-Oleum
  84. Krylon
  85. Red Devil, Inc.
  86. F. W. Woolworth Company
  87. Martin Paint
  88. Floral paint
  89. Lee Quiñones
  90. Montana
  91. Molotow Belton Spray Paint
  92. Marabu Buntlack Spray Paints
  93. Fat cap- go fast line is sharper and thinner
  94. Skinny cap
  95. Niagra Cap
  96. There is more to this…
  97. Dondi (Artist)
  98. Chris Daze Ellis
  99. Futura (artist)
  100. Lady Pink (artist)
  101. Zephyr (artist)
  102. HAZE aka SE3 (artist)
  103. TAKI 183 talks the History of Graffiti Culture, Classic Cars and the Future of Street Art
  104. Cornbread (artist)
  105. Roy Lichtenstein (artist)
  106. Andy Warhol (artist)
  107. The more you see my name, the more fame I have.
  108. Style Wars (movie/documentary)
  109. Style Wars (1983) (whole movie)
  110. Free base
  111. New Jack City (movie)
  112. Last train in 1981
  113. Cey Adams (artist) Cey Adams talks Def Jam, Logos, Album Covers, Giving Back, Paintings and Murals
  114. Wynwood Walls
  115. Bushwick Collective
  116. The Lesson is Responsibility
  117. Telling the Truth
  118. Street Art is Bubble
  119. KAWS – it appears you owe CRASH a drawing.



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BlusterOne: The Birth of a PNB Nation, Spirituality and Graffiti



Photography by Laurie Markiewicz

Part 1

Part 2


This episode is brought to you by Peralta Project. Well not officially, I didn’t actually speak to Tony and his team but I’ve love what they’re doing over there. I’m a fan of Tony’s art and of course I love the clothing. Plus he’s been a guest on the show, click here.


Photography by Laurie Markiewicz

When Tony opened up his shop Taller Peralta, he connected with today’s guest to paint the front gate. Today’s guest is James K. Alicea aka BlusterOne. This is going to be a two part episode. In this episode, Bluster and I talk about growing up in the Lower East Side, his early graffiti days, Rakim lyrics, religion, spirituality, the Five Percent Nation and his introduction to Islam.


Keep Up with BlusterOne

  1. Official Website
  2. Instagram
  3. 1xRUN




Part 2 Show Notes

  1. Islam
  2. Quran
  3. Hadith
  4. Hafiz
  5. Islamic Cultural Center of New York
  6. Charlie Hebdo shooting
  7. How are you trying to grow as a human being?
  8. Christianity
  9. Buddhism
  10. Dogma
  11. The globe is bigger than the books
  12. Nuyorican
  13. Latin communities that are Muslim
  14. Moors
  15. History of Spain
  16. Mecca
  17. Make it to Mecca
  18. Malcolm X Explains His Pilgrimage to Mecca 1964
  19. PNB Nation Part 1 from The Limited Edition Magazine
  20. PNB Nation VIBE Article
  21. The 50 Greatest Streetwear T-Shirts of All Time by Jeff Staples in Complex Nov. 19, 2013 (Just a note tying this all together- Jeff was on the New York Said Podcast too- here’s his episode: Jeff Staple talks Streetwear Ambassador, 20 Years of Staple Design and Reed Space
  22. PNB Logo
  23. Post no bills
  24. Cooper Union
  25. Hardcore into Stamps
  26. Casey Rubber Stamps
  27. Afro-Latin Americans
  28. Afro-Puerto Ricans
  29. Shout out to Chessa
  30. Graffiti Culture
  31. Racking- stealing supplies for graffiti writing
  32. Sullivan County Community College
  33. Writer
  34. Behold the Pale Horse (book) by milton william cooper
  35. The Spook Who Sat By the Door YouTube Full Film
  36. SS3Tony
  37. Kahlil “Zulu” Williams Twitter @sergefc
  38. Yuri Kochiyama (political activist)
  39. Roger “Brue” Mchayle Twitter @Brueroc
  40. Issac “West” Rubinstein
  41. Sung Choi Twitter @sungchoi_
  42. Post No Bills
  43. Free Stylin‘: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry: How Hip Hop Changed …By elenaromero
  44. Futura (artist)
  45. 48 Laws of Power by robert greene (book)
  46. Hello my name is…
  47. Sean John
  48. FUBU
  49. Rocawear
  50. Phat Farm
  51. Phillies Blunt Street Wear
  52. The 50 Greatest Pop Culture References In Streetwear by Complex
  53. School of Hard Knocks (visual)
  54. School of Hard Knocks Founder
  55. 555 Soul
  56. Union
  57. FUCT
  58. Stussy
  59. Eric Brunetti Book FUCT
  60. West Coast Streetwear
  61. GAT-Gypsies and Thieves streetwear brand
  62. Freshjive Streetwear brand
  63. Tribal Streetwear
  64. D12 Logo for Anger Management Tour
  65. Keds
  66. RockRubber45s Original Poster Art was done by BlusterOne
  67. What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito Podcast
  68. ‘Rock Rubber 45s’ Q&A with Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love New York Said Episode
  69. Respect for the culture
  70. WBAI FM Third World Cypher Radio Show with BlusterOne and Brue
  71. Shabba Ranks – Wicked in a bed – YouTube
  72. Duffed
  73. Lose with the mouth
  74. Quality of Life
  75. We don’t want no smoke
  76. Many an L taken
  77. Cool with those who are cool with me
  78. If I have my headphones in that means don’t ask me
  79. Amon is giving out fives
  80. That was brought to you by the letter…
  81. Most important lesson thus far is to be about your word. BlusterOne
  82. Honesty
  83. Deathstyles vs. Lifestyles
  84. Forward
  85. Fuse Green Episode: Gun Pockets: The Triumphs and Challenges of Fuse Green
  86. Tony Peralta Episode: M. Tony Peralta shares Insight from his Growth as an Artist and Entrepreneur
  87. Leo
  88. Vault of Culture
  89. Arturo Vega shares his Journey to the Ramones and Beyond Episode
  90. TMNK – Art is my Weapon Episode
  91. Lower East Side

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